Most people don’t know that seeking supervised detox is safer when it comes to withdrawal from an addiction.
The frequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in a serious dependency. This means that users may become so accustomed to having the substance in their body that they are dependent on it. In fact the body begins to believe that it is unable to “survive” without the drug. The fact is, the human body is designed to react with certain, physical substances if it is deprived of something that it believes is essential – alcohol and drugs are no exception to this rule.
For example, when a person stops drinking water, they are going to get thirsty. If they were to stop eating, they are going to get hungry. If they stop using a drug or alcohol that their body has become dependent on, they will go through certain withdrawal symptoms.
The reason the body does this is to help and provide a warning that it is running out of the substance and that they need to get more. Thirst is alleviated by drinking water and hunger is alleviated by eating. In much the same way, those who suffer alcohol or drug addictions manage their withdrawal symptoms by seeking more of the substance they have become addicted to.
If they don’t get the substances their body thinks it needs soon enough, then the withdrawal symptoms are going to become severe. In a number of situations, they can result in serious illness, or even cause death. We offer professionally supervised detox services to help keep those with an addiction safe from any illness or self-harm while their bodies are getting used to making it without the alcohol or drugs they are used to.
Common Withdrawal Symptoms
The actual withdrawal symptoms a person experiences are dependent on a number of factors. This includes the substance being used, how much is used, how often it is used, and the physical wellbeing and age of the user. Other factors include the mental and physical health conditions of the person.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms that affect a person’s physical functioning of the user’s body include:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Muscle spasms or aches
- Illness because of a compromised immune system
- The loss of fine or gross motor skills
- A change in appetite
- Issues getting to sleep, waking up, or staying asleep
- Changes in appetite
There are other withdrawal symptoms a person may suffer as well that are more psychological in nature. The severity of these is not something that should be discounted, since they often include serious suicidal thoughts, as well as the potential for the user to being self-harming or to be violent against other people. Some of these symptoms include the following:
- Depression, anxiety or panic attacks
- No regard for the safety of themselves or others and impulsiveness
- Self-injury or suicidal thoughts
- Verbal or physical aggression
- Mood swings
What Happens During the Detox Process?
Anyone suffering an addiction and who comes to Addiction Rehab Ottawa and needs detox is going to be placed under the care of a medical professional who makes sure they are well taken care of and safe during their withdrawal period. Much like any other aspects of an addiction treatment program, the care given during the alcohol or drug detox process is customized to a person’s unique needs and the circumstances the individual is facing.
The Reasons Supervised Detox Results Last Longer
Addicts who receive professional care during the withdrawal process can benefit in a number of ways, which include:
- They have a reduced chance of relapsing
- They remain safe from the scary psychological and physical symptoms
- Their phsycial needs are taken care of while their body adjusts to functioning without the alcohol or drugs in their system
- They are shown how to effectively manage their cravings and symptoms